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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Alert: We Don't Pay Taxes, says Speaker of the House

If this doesn't make your blood boil:

Dennis Hastert does not think that working families pay taxes.

The speaker explained on the House floor that "well, folks, if you earn $40,000 a year and have a family of two, you don't pay any taxes. So you probably if you don't pay any taxes, you are not going to get a big tax cut. Now, if you earn $1 million a year, you are going to pay about $400,000 of taxes. Maybe you'll get a $40,000 tax cut ..."

Just to clarify, working families pay federal income taxes, state and local income taxes, Social Security taxes, sales taxes, property taxes, gasoline taxes and most of the other taxes that rich people pay. While some very poor families got a bit of tax relief during the Clinton years, working families of the sort Hastert was talking about still pay more than their fair share.

Pardon me if I assume when you read my blog that you are 1.) living in and of fairly modest means, or 2.) more well-heeled but of the Warren Buffet model of wealth. Either way, you are probably not a pretentious person.

That said, I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time of thinking of ANYTHING in my life I don't have to pay taxes or user fee on; even my rent increases are justified by increasing property taxes. Now I have to pay someone else's taxes.

There's the truism of "trickle down economics".

No wonder they want to distract us with the Chicken Little Flu.

But the quote also came from Dennis Hastert, who has openly advocated bulldozing New Orleans, before the thousands of missing have even now to be accounted for. Sure wouldn't want somebody's grandmother's remains to stand in the way of the no-bid buddies, right, Dennis?

I'm getting tired of paying taxes into the United States of Halliburton.


Blogger spadoman said...

The results in the first round of Bu$hCo tax cuts saw the five surviving Waltons, owners of Wal-Mart, get more in tax cuts than all of the Wal-Mart employees, over 1,000,000 in number, combined!

My take has always been this:

If you think this is such a great country, shouldn't you want to support it?

It's the usual hypocracy.

4:04 AM  
Blogger dada said...

Okay....that's it....that does it....

In this great blog, you stuck up for "me" of the "little people". For that, I thank you!

You know, mel, I'm gonna have to start droppin' by here because I like your anger.

There was a story on the news tonight about the identity thefts of millions of veterans. Apparently it took the agency (Veterans) a couple of weeks to report it to the FBI and other law enforcement.

Well, damn, wouldn't you know? A couple of our congressmen were very, very angry. Why? THEIR records may have been among ours that were stolen. Tsk, tsk...ain't that a bitch?

Sound familiar? Representative William Jefferson's house is invaded by "authorities" and--Whoa! holy hell--Congress gets incensed because he's one of them. IT COULD HAPPEN TO ANY ONE OF THEM. (And god knows, more than just Jefferson has something to hide...i.e., corruption is not even safe in the back of your freezer.

Funny how they get agitated when they catch a hint of what we little people are subject to all the time.

5:17 PM  
Blogger dada said...

Mel: How many of these (comments) are we allowed per blog before they stop being free?(grin)

(Whoa....Bush just said on TV...he regretted the following..."Wanted dead or alive", and "Bring it on!" when asked of his biggest mistakes. I think this may be the first admission by Bush of anything in his life he's regretted!!)

Okay, enough of the phony regrets...back to what I intended to say:

Mel said:

"I don't know about you, but I'm having a hard time of thinking of ANYTHING in my life I don't have to pay taxes or user fee on; even my rent increases are justified by increasing property taxes. Now I have to pay someone else's taxes.

"There's the truism of "trickle down economics".

"No wonder they want to distract us with the Chicken Little Flu."

And that's called "hitting the nail on the head"...except for the trekkle down economics which is really conservative code talk for "piss on you economics," right?

5:30 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Me? Angry? Like they used to say on Laugh In, you bet your sweet bippy, dada! Piss-on-You economics, indeed; I concur heartily. Meanwhile, it is amusing watching congressional members huff and puff about their own rights -- while the guv'mint's reading this as I type it.

You see, I'm one of the little people myself, and I've been furious ever since November 2000. So you feel free to come back to Mel's Front Porch any time, dada -- we can have a tall glass of ice tea, or peel a can (beer, the champagne of the people). Maybe even do primal scream together. Warning: my primal scream usually begins with an "F".

And I have to admit, spadoman, the idea of the Walton adult brats getting done better than all the people they live off of provoked a short primal scream itself! A very nice point, and right on the money.

The thing is, it's not that I mind paying taxes. I do, however, get extremely torqued off to see the people's hard earned money siphoned off from the people who are in need to feed the rich while yet more are maimed and die in Iraq. It just staggers the imagination.

And they try to say WE don't support the troops. Amazing.

Thanks for stopping by, guys.

8:14 PM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Hey Mel....Time for my primal scream. You're also right on the money with the comment about supporting the troops. I realize you mean with the taxes we pay. And I would also like to pick and choose what programs my dollars support. Sure don't like paying for war at all.

But the support thing is more than that. Bu$hCo wants to divide and conquer. He has turned the flag into an icon. Fly it and you're "for" the war and supprot our troops. Don't and you're against our troops.

Nothing could be further from the truth. As a Veteran, I know I honor the Warrior, not the war. Another teaching from the place where the spirit grows.

Good stuff on yer post.

5:23 AM  
Blogger glenda said...

No kidding we pay taxes...sales tax, income tax, property tax, probably more percentage-wise than bushco.

7:01 AM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Does the expression "taxation without representation" ring a bell here?

I sure haven't seen anyone in Washington DC representing MY concerns or needs -- or for that matter, the concerns and needs of most of the nation.

And I guarantee you, glenda, you factor in sales taxes we all have to pay, and the kickbacks and loopholes the Bushies and their corporate asshole buddies get, they ain't paying squat. And damn sure not their fair share.

A salute to you, s-man; Warrior and Vet. And somebody with a true right to have an opinion these days. Unlike the sham leaders we have in DC. Don't you think it's about time we refused to let our troops be sent into war by a buch of criminal who refused to be sent into a war?

At the least, we need to take care of the maimed and shell-shocked who are lucky enough to make it home...

10:32 PM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Ahem...that should read 'bunch' and 'criminals'. Sometimes I get too mad to remember to preview. My bad, folks!

But while I'm back in here, let me say for the record: The fuckers who led a nation in bad faith into the wrong war, along with their profiteering henchmen, need to own up. And pay up. Halliburton's, it's subsidaries', and the oil companies' obscene profits would start nicely toward providing real vet benefits, not to mention all the monies stolen from SSI and Medicare/caid.

It's certainly a thought...

10:45 PM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Thanks Mel, I am a Warrior. It took me 30 years and a lot of learning to understand that and get rid of the shame and guilt of it. But I get it now. It wasn't my choice. It was out of my hands. My path was made for me before I existed. I had a flat tire, I never got the message, my Mother was sick, I had the hiccups, I was out of town, I was helping a friend, my alarm didn't go off, traffic was bad, the train was late, I got drafted when I was still thinking like a kid.

4:51 AM  
Blogger dada said...

Gee Spadoman, thanks for sharing how the unwitting warrior all came about. It's curious, isn't it, how the tiniest of perturbations of the space/time continuum can collide and leave your life spinning off in the most unintended direction as a result?

"I had a flat tire, I never got the message, my Mother was sick, I had the hiccups, I was out of town, I was helping a friend, my alarm didn't go off, traffic was bad, the train was late, I got drafted...."

Mine was a tad simpler. The day I went to enlist (to avoid the draft!), the navy recruiter had a sign on his door: "Gone to LA, back tomorrow."

So I walked across the street to the army recruiter. Little did I know that signing on with him would alter the course of the rest of my life. It would determine the two women I would marry, where I would go to school, friends I would make, places I would live and work for the rest of my life.

All because the damn navy recruiter was in LA for the day. So I can definitely relate to the flat tire, alarm that didn't go off, the bad traffic that day, etc.

Oh god, if pappy Bush had only been wearing a condom that night back on the sixth of June, 1946. Or gotten a little drunker and passed out before...

How different ALL OUR histories might have been.

6:29 AM  
Blogger dada said...

p.s. I think I misstated that...

If only pappy Bush had been wearing a condom about NINE months before June 6, 1946 is what I meant to say. I'm sure he probably got skunk drunk the night of 6/6/46.

6:31 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

Right On Dada. and welcome home.

6:33 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

PS Why on earth would you know W's birthday?

Nevermind, I guess I know Hitler's. 04/20/1889

Sorry to use your site as a chat line, Mel, hope you don't mind.

6:35 AM  
Blogger meldonna said...

Chat away, friends! I'm just gonna sit here and pull another cold one out the ice chest, and keep the ashtrays emptied.

It is, after all, Memorial Day.

My best to you, guys.

12:57 AM  
Blogger dada said...

Thanks Mel for making us feel welcome. I haven't been by in a couple days, but I had to laugh at spadoman's question of how I knew Bush's birthdate. Well, this particular one marks his 60th BD and some out in bloggerland worry his present to himself will be Iran, seeing as how it falls on 6-6-06!

Mark of the beast. But hell, we didn't need this birthday to remind us of something we've known years before this, right?

Now, I confess as to some curiosity as how you remember der Fuhrer's BD, spadoman? (no, not this one's, the original one's. ~grin)

3:43 AM  
Blogger spadoman said...

OK, fair enough.....I know Hitler's B-day because it's the same as my older brothers.

I had to look up the year when I posted!!

2:41 AM  

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